14/02/2018 Winter Olympics Extra


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14/02/2018

Extended highlights of the short programme in the pairs figure skating and the men's snowboard halfpipe final. Presented by Radzi Chinyanganya.


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Brilliant run from Chloe Kim.

Glorious slalom skiing.

It is all

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gold for Nielsen tonight.

The Dutch

are gold.

It's a glorious night for

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him.

Canada pars-mac night.

Day four proved to be very dramatic

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indeed and Day five, we are

expecting more of the same from the

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Winter Olympics hearing PyeongChang.

After Chloe Kim claimed gold for

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America in the women's halfpipe

yesterday, we will see how the men

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get on the day. Can Sean Whyte

reclaim his -- can Shaun White

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reclaim his gold medal? But first,

it is the pairs figure skating.

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When it comes to the pairs, I think

this will be the most opening this

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Olympics. The Chinese, the world

champions, they'll probably

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favourites for the gold and what a

story they had. She had her ankles

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rebuilt before they came back to win

the World Championship last year.

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They were put together aged ten and

12 for this Olympics. They have to

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be favourites. Although quite

uncommonly, one of them fell in the

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Grand Prix final and made a mistake,

which is something other of them has

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ever done. For me, they are the

favourites, and exquisite and

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brilliant. But then you have got the

European champions who are coming

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here with something to prove.

Russians have dominated pairs

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skating for so many years, it will

be down to them to take a medal.

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What colour? We will wait to see.

And then you have got the Canadians

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who have been on podiums, nowhere

near, on the podium, nowhere near.

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They are back on form and this will

be their last season. But then we

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have got Aliona Savchenko and Bruno

Massot. He has gone through

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everything he needed to do to go

from being French to German to be in

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the Olympics for them, made it just

in time, only just got his passport,

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they decided not to compete in the

Europeans say they had time to

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prepare for the Olympics. Where will

they fit into the competition? It

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will be very open. There are four if

not five teams of delivering medal

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performances.

Five teams, three

medals. It will be very tight. And

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we will see the North Koreans. They

have created a huge stir every time

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they step onto the ice. They are

really winning people over. And

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great to see North Korean athletes.

But let's make it clear, they are

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not just stepping out of North Korea

for the first time. These are global

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athletes, aren't they?

Yes, they

are. They came into the global

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skating is seen at a level already.

What surprised most of us was the

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quality of the skating. Where had

they learned that? They were

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beautiful. They are top 15 in the

world, they will be top ten

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eventually. These two are beautiful

skaters, often level and they will

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be stepping onto that I is now in

the first Olympics representing

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North Korea thing, this is who we

are, this is how we perform and we

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do deserve to be head, because they

fit in very nicely.

It will be

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really competitive. This is a really

good one to watch. I am looking

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forward to this one.

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And a historic moment as the pair

from North Korea skate out onto the

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eyes here in South Korea. There was

a time when we didn't know whether

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these guys would be here because

North Korea missed the deadline to

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take up their entry but they were

granted a place. And here they are.

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The first element, the triple twist.

Easy.

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Side by side triple toe loops. Yes.

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Throw triple loop.

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Perfect footwork through the left,

change of direction midway as well.

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Taking their moment of history in

their stride. Don't forget though,

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this isn't the first time the world

has seen these skaters. They are

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global athletes, they travel the

world. Some of these guys perhaps do

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not. You can say what you like about

the Korean cheerleaders and what

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they represent, the fact that they

are here is remarkable in itself.

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They were so light and airy when

they performed back. I love to watch

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them. There was a question as to

whether they would qualify for the

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free. I think this performance has

guaranteed that.

And there's a

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massive new season 's best. 65.25

their previous. 69.40 and

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appreciation all around the stadium

from North and South Korean

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sunlight. -- South Koreans alike. So

these are the Chinese national

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champions. A beautiful short

programme to Swan Lake. It looks

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like a ballet on ice. I think you

will enjoy this one. They only

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teamed up last season.

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But Zhang Hao, his fifth Olympics.

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Beautiful side by side triple toe

loops.

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The Chinese are known for their

jumps. Beautiful throw triple loop.

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They perform it's a beautifully,

don't they? Physically, they are

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such a mismatch but it all comes

together on the ice.

Well, he has

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incredible experience. He's a

multiple world medallist and he was

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Olympic silver medallist in 2006

with his previous partner. So the

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Chinese are known for their throw

jumps and the speed across the ice.

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It's the smoothness of that speed

that really sets them apart, too.

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Pretty handy then from the Chinese.

They take the lead with a new season

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's best, as well. This is our first

look at the reigning world

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champions. We haven't seen them yet

on the Olympic ice hearing

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PyeongChang. They didn't feature for

China in the team event, the Chinese

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perhaps keeping their powder dry.

What a story, what a comeback for

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them to win the last World

Championships in 2017. A terrible

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injury meant she had double surgery

on both feet and had to learn to

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walk again.

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Triple toe loops to open.

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Watch the size of this throw triple

flip. Absolutely glorious.

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The triple twist.

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And that is why they are the world

champions! She if I school. She is

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known among her fans as the Empress.

-- she is ice cool.

I have goose

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bumps up my neck. First because kd

lang's version of Hallelujah is my

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favourite.

I was talking about the

surgery she had on her seat.

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Remarkably, she learned to walk

again, she learned to skate again.

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They won the World Championship in

2017, just a few months later. They

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had problems as well with injury

which means we have not seen them

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that much on the ice but they are

back. It is another season's best.

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The world champions leap to the top

of the board.

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So Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford

have already won a gold at this

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Olympics. They won the team

competition over the last few days

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but this is it. It is all about what

they can do individually. Meagan

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took to Twitter earlier to say she

dropped her phone in a non-flushed

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toilet. Let's hope that was not an

omen for today's performance.

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Triple twist. Their jump of choice,

side by side triple Lutzes. The

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hardest in the pairs event. It is

their second element.

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They made them happen but they were

not the prettiest or the cleanest,

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but they were there.

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A touchdown there from Meagan on the

landing. A little tension.

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Well, the stakes are so high for

these two at these games. Since the

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last Olympics they have 12-macro

titles and they are gunning for

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their first here in South Korea. You

could see the tension creeping into

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the performance.

Certainly since the

performance they did at the team

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event, this was not as clean.

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event, this was not as clean.

They

are a couple of points off their

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season's best. They are up to

second. The world champions from

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China lead the way. An exquisite

performance from them.

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Aliona and Bruno. Two time world

medallists. Aliona won bronze at the

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last two Olympics. She is paired up

with Bruno Massot who only just got

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his passport in time to make it to

compete! This is a really fun

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routine.

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The height on the twist.

That is

massive!

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Oh, Bruno. Just a cell code.

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-- just a double.

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She has got the throw on one foot.

And he has a habit of touching down

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or landing on two feet.

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Personality and bizarre is by the

bagful from the Germans. But you can

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see the disappointment on Bruno's

face instantly. He just missed that

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jump.

Such a costly error. There is

no question that they will qualify.

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They will want to be in a medal

position.

They will get just one

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point four that double salchow as

opposed to five or six points they

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could have got if he had done the

triple. So it is going to be costly.

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76.5 nine. It is way down on their

season's best. They are in third

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place so bronze medal position going

through to the free skate tomorrow.

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There is one couple left to come.

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The Olympic Athletes from Russia

took home the silver from the World

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Championships. These two really

catapulted them up into the mix with

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this routine. They are the newly

crowned European champions and world

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bronze medallists.

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Exquisite triple twist. Light. Great

flight across the ice and beautiful

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control. Can they do the same on the

side by side triple toe loops? Yes,

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they can.

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The throw triple loop. Beautiful

again.

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The European champions faultless

once again.

That was quite the

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performance. For me, this was better

than the short programme they did in

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the European competition. They

looked so calm and relaxed and yet

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you know that has to be tension for

these elements to work properly.

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Writes them, where did they end up?

The European champions have not

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quite done enough to knock the

Chinese world champions from their

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perch. Let's have a look at the

standings going into tomorrow's free

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skate. The Chinese pair looking to

add the Olympic title to their world

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crown. Then we have Evgenia Tarasova

and man-macro in second with Meagan

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de Hamel and Eric Radford hunting

for a second medal of these games

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after getting gold in the team

event. Aliona Savchenko and Bruno

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Massot will need excellence tomorrow

to keep their medal hopes alive but

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they are not far behind the

Canadians. So, the short element of

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the pairs competition is done. Now

it is the next heat. It was good to

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see the Chinese pair back at their

best?

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Fantastic to see them back and what

they did was set it up so that

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everyone who followed them had to be

perfect, and for the most part they

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were. Fantastic skate from the

Russians who won the European

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Championships. Had a great skate in

the team event, where even better

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this afternoon but just not quite up

to the Chinese standard. But they

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have set up to a good battle for

silver and gold. But with the German

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pair, Bruno stumbling, it makes the

bronze medal more interesting.

You

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have got the German pair just less

than a point behind the Canadians in

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bronze and a host of others who

could push up in the free skating

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morrow?

Yes, the points are not

great between first and third, less

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than two points between first and

third. No one can afford to make any

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mistakes tomorrow. They will need to

be technically perfect tomorrow and

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it will be a great competition.

It

really will be. To recap, the

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Chinese world champions are out in

front. The Olympic Athletes from

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Russia are currently in silver medal

position and then it is a bunfight

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for bronze.

And we will have highlights of the

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pairs free skate tomorrow right here

on BBC Four to find out who can

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claim that gold medal. Well, after

Chloe Kim's incredible performance

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in the women's snowboard halfpipe

yesterday, America were hoping for a

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second gold in the men's event.

Shaun White was the Nara favourite

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going in but it wasn't going to be

easy after a tough few years for the

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2010 champion, as Ed Lee explains.

There is no doubting Shaun White is

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the most famous snowboarder on the

planet, having dominated his sport

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for over a decade, earning himself

millions of dollars in the process.

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After picking up his first Olympic

gold in 2006, his arsenal of tricks

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put him head and shoulders above the

rest.

He's about to Tomahawk. Here

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we go. Has he got it? Yes he has!

What Beaver Marley. But four years

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ago at the games in Sochi, the Shaun

White we had become accustomed to

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didn't turn up to the party.

Shaun

White has missed out on a medal.

I

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think after Sochi, it was a nice

eye-opener for me of what life is

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really like. That bubble you are in

is shattered and it's like, OK, what

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do I really want to do and what is

next?

Before, it was all

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snowboarding and win, win, win.

Since Sochi, he has had time to look

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back and focus on other aspects.

After some time away and when he had

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we found his will to win, he set his

side on podiums once again. But in

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October last, there was a setback in

his journey. Whilst riding in New

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Zealand, he suffered his most severe

crash today. A helicopter took him

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from pipe to hospital bed. He was

left with 62 stitches in his face.

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It wasn't just the physical wounds

that needed time to heal.

That just

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really kind of three mere loop. I

wasn't ready for it and all of a

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sudden I'm in the hospital, do I

want this? Am I ready for this? I

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set my goal is to face the fear and

work through the run.

In typical

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Shaun White style, he was soon back

to wowing the world loves

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snowboarding, scoring a perfect 100

at the US Grand Prix in Colorado

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which guaranteed him qualification

and installed him as the favourite

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for these Winter Olympics. Have we

seen your best run or have you been

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saving something for the Olympics?

I

don't think you've seen my best run.

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Actually, I know. But I definitely

have a couple of things in mind that

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I've been working on that I'd like

to iron out and here is the time to

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basically do it and try to put them

in my run.

It was all set up for a

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classic at Phoenix Snow Park.

So, Patrick Burgener the lad from

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Montana looking very relaxed.

He is

loving it.

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loving it.

This silver medallist

from the ring is his coach. -- from

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durian is his coach. You saw him

duck out of shot.

The first man to

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bring a back switch line into a run

solidly.

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solidly. So, kicking things off,

nice and solid.

Back-to-back ten

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80s.

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80s.

Now, backside 360. He needs to

up the degree difficulty there. Oh,

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backside ten. Switch backside ten.

And then into the big heave Ho. The

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hands go up.

He is loving it. One of

the biggest runs I have ever seen

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from Pat Bergara. The back-to-back

tens open it up and he has great

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amplitude on that.

And technically

as well, very, very good.

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as well, very, very good.

84. The

first big run we have seen landed.

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Next up, Chase Josey. They call him

the man in the mirror. His run is a

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reflection of himself, forwards and

backwards, his switch riding is

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incredible. He is going backwards

now, so play -- pay close attention.

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Switch double grab love. Switch

double Michael Chuck. The switch

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frontside 1080. A frontside 900. And

the double Michael Chuck. The only

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thing you were missing bad to make

that a frontside nine instead of the

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double grab love.

I'm going to play

devils advocate here. He needs more

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rotation on these hits. We will see

it from the boys later on.

87.7

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five. I've got to say it, the judges

had put themselves in a difficult

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position already. We are pushing the

high 80s.

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high 80s.

Scotty James. So much has

been said about this man. He

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certainly looks relaxed. A smile on

his face. Look at him. He's enjoying

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every minute of this.

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every minute of this. So, the

classic run is 12 to 12. Frontside

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1260. Oh, my goodness. Verities.

Backside 1260.

So, back-to-back 12

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is done.

Frontside 900. A huge

crippler air. Now, switch backside.

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1260. There it is! He has done it.

What a run to lay down first go.

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That is ridiculous. Yes,

back-to-back 12 60s.

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back-to-back 12 60s. 92. So, Scotty

James moves into first place and

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Shaun White knows that the heat is

on already. It's only first runs,

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ladies and gentlemen, and Shaun

White have had a little nudge from

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Scotty James.

You can see he has his

eyes closed, taking a view deep

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breaths. A quick slap and clap with

his coach at the top there.

This is

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where Shaun White comes in to

resign. He is brilliant under

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pressure. -- comes into his own. Oh

my goodness, it was absolutely

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massive into Switch 1080. The

skyhook, may lost a tiny bit of

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space in the butter. He needs to

hold this, which he does! How did he

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hold onto that? Frontside 12 and he

had to tuck his head in. It's like

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he was landing in the power of the

wave. He's lost his helmet into the

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crowd. He looks like he's been

electrocuted! What are they doing?

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It's like it is the third run the

way they are behaving. I need that

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back, he said. Yes, you do, Shaun.

It's not over yet. We know if he

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gets pushed, that will be a 14 14.

94.2 five. Shaun White is claiming

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it but this is not third and final

runs, we are finishing up only their

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first run here at the men's halfpipe

final here in Phoenix Park. Let's

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take a look at the scores:

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Let's take a look at the

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Raibu Katayama is the only other

ride in there with a 14.

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ride in there with a 14. Jake Pates,

currently in seven.

Fell on the last

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double court 1260. So, if you put

that down, he should see a hike in

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his school.

Stretching out his

hamstrings and a little oddly.

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Powers into that double Michael

Chuck. Really nice, that. So high at

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the transition.

No one else rotates

like him, do they?

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like him, do they?

OK, the front

nine. A bit flat. Backside 1260.

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Verities. Beautiful.

He landed that

perfectly.

I really liked that run.

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It was a really nice run. It felt

solid. For me, amplitude might be

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the issue. On the biggest spins,

when you look at them, are they

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busy? Jake Pates moves into sixth

place just behind Patrick Burgener.

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Next rider in, Ayumu Hirano. We are

into the final three riders and

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these are the men vying for gold.

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Oh, stratospheric backside air from

him. Frontside 14. Has he got the

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speed for the switch 14? Yes he has.

Back-to-back 1414. Is this going to

0:41:200:41:29

be a backside 1260?

It is! He makes

it look easy. You knew he would land

0:41:290:41:34

it from the minute he took off.

Ladies and gentlemen, the heat is

0:41:340:41:39

on. It is on the street. Look at the

Japanese coaches. They deserve that

0:41:390:41:45

after Yuto Totsuka going down, they

needed some good news, and Ayumu

0:41:450:41:51

Hirano has landed the biggest run

there is in halfpipe snowboarding

0:41:510:41:54

right now. Enormous backside air.

Look at this. Five and a half metres

0:41:540:42:02

into the bad side --. Frontside at

14.

Look at the composure. The grab

0:42:020:42:11

is held for ever. It enables him to

spin as much as he does.

Shaun White

0:42:110:42:21

is into the biggest Olympic fight of

his career. He has never been put

0:42:210:42:25

under this pressure. Back-to-back 14

is and then following it up with

0:42:250:42:32

backside 12 60s.

He has got so much

time the spins aren't rushed.

And

0:42:320:42:38

then there's final 1260, he has

still got the amplitude that even

0:42:380:42:43

though it's his last hit on the

pipe. That is a run which would give

0:42:430:42:48

the scientists + a headache.

To land

that run, to not lose his

0:42:480:42:56

that run, to not lose his head, 95.2

five. We have talked long and hard

0:42:570:42:59

about whether judges would have to

go. Ayumu Hirano moves into first

0:42:590:43:04

place.

I am just ripping this script

up here, Ed. That is gone.

But we

0:43:040:43:13

knew this was going to happen. We

knew it would be close. Shaun White

0:43:130:43:18

has dominated halfpipe Riding for

the last 12 years and now there are

0:43:180:43:23

two men pushing him hard. We have

seen one of them dropped, this is

0:43:230:43:28

the second. Scotty James, the

Australian, who won so many of the

0:43:280:43:32

big major halfpipe contests in 2017.

He was furious when he lost out to

0:43:320:43:38

Shaun White in Snowmass three weeks

ago. He landed the best run of his

0:43:380:43:43

life and Shaun White scored a

perfect 100 to steal his glory. Can

0:43:430:43:49

he redeem himself here?

Frontside at

1260. Into backside 1260. That is

0:43:490:43:55

the best one he has ever done of

those. Massive.

Frontside 1080.

Wow.

0:43:550:44:05

I'm holding my breath. Switch

backside 1260 with a hand down. He

0:44:050:44:11

is trying to claim it at the end

there.

A switch backside 1260. The

0:44:110:44:17

biggest trick in snowboarding right

now and that is why. It is hard, it

0:44:170:44:21

is difficult.

I would love to see that score

0:44:210:44:28

broken down trick by trick. I think

he was on target there certainly for

0:44:280:44:38

a mid-90s school.

He is still in

third place.

Ayumu Hirano tops the

0:44:380:44:46

leaderboard, Shaun White is in

second place. That is not a number

0:44:460:44:49

we are used to seeing next to Shaun

White's name at the Olympics. This

0:44:490:44:53

is a man who was so used to being

given the luxury of a victory lap.

0:44:530:44:57

Now he is in the fight of his life

for his third Olympic gold medal.

0:44:570:45:03

Winds up into a huge frontside 1440.

Will we see the 14 here? It is low.

0:45:030:45:09

Yes. Oh, he puts it down but he has

lost all of his momentum into the

0:45:090:45:14

540. The Tomahawk is there.

Oh, it

is not fair.

0:45:140:45:23

The first run helmet throw feels a

very long way away the Shaun Wright

0:45:270:45:31

right now. -- Shaun White. He is in

very uncharted territory. All change

0:45:310:45:39

at the top. Ayumu Hirano is in gold

medal position. Shaun White in

0:45:390:45:49

silver and Scotty James in bronze.

0:45:490:45:55

silver and Scotty James in bronze. I

would love to see Patrick Burgener

0:45:560:45:58

land this run.

Me to. There is a man

enjoying his snowboarding. He has

0:45:580:46:06

ditched the jacket. He has gone for

more aerodynamics.

Cranking the

0:46:060:46:12

bindings down. Halfpipe riding is

about aerial ability, but it is all

0:46:120:46:21

based, the foundation is in board

control and edge control. That is

0:46:210:46:27

what gives you your power to launch

tricks like that.

0:46:270:46:35

tricks like that. Back-to-back tens.

That was very tidy. Huge backside

0:46:350:46:42

360. Go on, Pat! It is looking

really good this run, oh, my

0:46:420:46:48

goodness!

Switchback 362 Switch

double Michael Chuck. That is a

0:46:480:46:56

massive run.

A huge run from Patrick

Burgener and it is the second helm

0:46:560:47:04

toss we have seen and it is just as

justifiable. Look at the height on

0:47:040:47:07

that! He landed right at the top of

the transition there and he is

0:47:070:47:18

pretty much the same height, the

height is a really good consistency

0:47:180:47:23

in this run. He grabbed the whole

way round.

Scotty James is in bronze

0:47:230:47:31

medal position. Patrick Burgener

fourth-place. He needed a 92 to beat

0:47:310:47:41

Scotty James, magnanimous in that

fourth place.

0:47:410:47:47

fourth place. Raibu Katayama, he is

sat in sixth place.

He needs to

0:47:480:47:52

unleash hell.

0:47:520:47:54

Huge backside air to start things

off.

Just tagged the landing a

0:48:070:48:15

little bit.

0:48:150:48:20

little bit. Into the backside 1260.

Keep your speed up here, come on!

0:48:230:48:27

Huge front 12. He dipped a little

bit. The amplitude dipped in the

0:48:270:48:33

middle and maybe the technicality

with the 900 in there but he got six

0:48:330:48:38

hits. Ayumu only has five hits. I

think Shaun only has five hits. So

0:48:380:48:47

the lower amplitude giving Raibu

Katayama more hits in the pipe. But

0:48:470:48:53

that is one of the most important

things to understand in halfpipe

0:48:530:48:58

riding and that is why amplitude

given so much wait. If you did not

0:48:580:49:06

the amplitude, they dislike the

multiplier on your score.

87 as we

0:49:060:49:18

thought. Sixth place.

Ben Ferguson. His halfpipe run is

0:49:180:49:29

unlike anyone else's. It's not about

the numbers, it is not about the big

0:49:290:49:37

spins, it is about linking creative

insanely difficult tricks and adding

0:49:370:49:43

a little bit of flair like that

backside grab. Big clean air to

0:49:430:49:49

fakie to kick-off.

Opens early.

Otherwise he would have landed on

0:49:490:49:55

his back. Come on, Ben Ferguson.

Huge backside 360. The biggest

0:49:550:50:04

Switch McTwist we have seen. The

smoothest double alley-oop. But was

0:50:040:50:16

beautiful. That was the best run I

have seen from him. That was so

0:50:160:50:20

good. Everyone is giving us their

best runs.

He doesn't have the big

0:50:200:50:27

tricks we have seen from the other

riders but what it has is the

0:50:270:50:32

amplitude, the creativity, the

variety. 90.75, a very well-deserved

0:50:320:50:38

fourth-place. Should it have pushed

a little bit higher? The Japanese

0:50:380:50:47

rider Ayumu Hirano currently in gold

medal position. He just landed the

0:50:470:50:53

biggest run in halfpipe snowboard,

can he better it?

0:50:530:51:01

can he better it?

Those T-shirts

which the guys are wearing those

0:51:010:51:09

ganbare which means do your best.

0:51:090:51:13

He has to go for the ten.

It is not

to be.

He has gone on the front 12,

0:51:220:51:29

he has cracked.

It doesn't matter.

We said it before, is there anywhere

0:51:290:51:33

left to go? He has laid down the

biggest run in halfpipe snowboarding

0:51:330:51:38

with enormous backside out. They

were very close to perfect --

0:51:380:51:43

backside air. It is a huge wait for

Ayumu Hirano. He sits in gold medal

0:51:430:51:53

position but Scotty James and Shaun

White are still to drop.

He is

0:51:530:51:58

taking home a medal but what colour

will it be?

Only two men left to

0:51:580:52:08

decide that. The Australian coach

talking to the famously competitive

0:52:080:52:11

Australian Scotty James. He was

distraught when he lost to Shaun

0:52:110:52:19

White in Snow Mass. He has got to

lay down the run of his life now if

0:52:190:52:24

he is going to overhaul Ayumu

Hirano. Look at him, he looks

0:52:240:52:31

relaxed. There is a wry smile in the

corners of his mouth. Take a deep

0:52:310:52:37

breath and hold it.

He doesn't wear

boxing gloves by coincidence. He is

0:52:370:52:44

here to do battle and he needs the

run of his life here.

0:52:440:52:51

run of his life here.

Big frontside

1260.

Backside 1260. Camera, join

0:52:510:52:55

us. There it is.

Oh, no! Scotty

James will be the bronze medallist

0:52:550:53:04

today. And for the first time in a

long time, it is by his own hand.

0:53:040:53:14

Scotty James had the potential with

his biggest run today potentially to

0:53:140:53:19

take that. He waves to the crowd. No

shortage of love. I think he can

0:53:190:53:25

walk away and say he gave his best.

The fact he has not gone home with a

0:53:250:53:31

gold, that may have started three

weeks ago when he lost to Shaun

0:53:310:53:35

White after landing his best run and

Shaun scored that perfect 100. So

0:53:350:53:42

Scotty James is now a passenger with

a bronze medal watching the fight

0:53:420:53:47

for gold. Shaun White, the most

successful halfpipe snowboard of all

0:53:470:53:54

time is about to drop in. And he is

in unfamiliar territory. Every time

0:53:540:54:00

he has taken the gold it has been

with the luxury of a victory lap.

0:54:000:54:06

Now he is under pressure. He needs

95.25 and the run of his life.

0:54:060:54:16

Switch 1440. The skyhook. The

fixture of every winning Shaun

0:54:160:54:23

Wright run.

Plenty of time for that.

Now, Shaun White, can he?

He has

0:54:230:54:30

landed it!

Oh, my goodness!

It is no

longer about the snowboarding, it is

0:54:300:54:38

about the judges. Look at him. The

first time he has landed that run in

0:54:380:54:44

competition. Scotty James cannot

believe he has found another gear

0:54:440:54:48

and I don't think Ayumu Hirano Khan.

Shaun White might have done it.

0:54:480:54:53

Let's wait and see what the scores

are saying.

It is a backside air.

0:54:530:54:59

The difference between them is a

backside air and a frontside for 40.

0:54:590:55:04

This could be it, this could be

history. Judges, put the world out

0:55:040:55:11

of its misery.

We have the replays

first, Tim.

Look at the direction.

0:55:110:55:19

His head is looking almost out of

the rotation. He is using every

0:55:190:55:24

ounce of his fibre to get these

tricks around. The to grab there,

0:55:240:55:30

frowned upon in snowboarding.

It is

testament to the amplitude he has

0:55:300:55:35

got that he is not requiring a body

grab to get round. The grab on that.

0:55:350:55:44

This is his trademark signature

manoeuvre that he unveiled in

0:55:440:55:49

Vancouver.

Double McTwist. Two

inverted 540s. And here is the other

0:55:490:55:58

1260. Ayumu was using the backside

air. Shaun drew it first hit top of

0:55:580:56:06

the pipe.

He has put that big

dangerous trick in. More risk equals

0:56:060:56:13

more points.

Shaun White polarises

opinion in snowboarding. He has been

0:56:130:56:18

the most dedicated competitor. He

has been accused of going... Shaun

0:56:180:56:26

White is the gold medallist here in

2018. Say what you want about him,

0:56:260:56:31

think what you want about him, Shaun

White has won today. That was an

0:56:310:56:38

incredible display of halfpipe

snowboarding and no one can take

0:56:380:56:41

that away from him. Look what it

means. He has played it cool. It is

0:56:410:56:48

a second silver medal for Ayumu

Hirano, but I don't think he can

0:56:480:56:53

have any complaints. It was not a

difficult decision for the judges.

0:56:530:56:59

And after a heated season, a

magnanimous handshake from Scotty

0:56:590:57:04

James to congratulate the gold

medallist. Today was brilliant.

0:57:040:57:09

Simply brilliant. Shaun White, truly

tested for the first time in 12

0:57:090:57:17

years. And he has delivered in some

style.

My goodness me, that was

0:57:170:57:27

absolutely breathtaking.

And he has

that on a masterclass here at

0:57:270:57:36

Phoenix Park in Bokwang to take the

gold medal.

A clean sweep for

0:57:360:57:42

snowboarding here. Congratulations,

just how hard was that final?

It was

0:57:420:57:46

tough. My first run was great. I did

the biggest 14 of my life that I

0:57:460:57:52

will ever do and that really set the

tone for the rest of the

0:57:520:57:56

competition. I was really hoping I

would just go straight into the

0:57:560:58:02

first but Ayumu put down an amazing

run. I had to step it up. Then the

0:58:020:58:08

last run, the pressure is on. It was

great.

A little word on Ayumu and

0:58:080:58:15

Scotty and the standard of riding in

that final?

Those guys are

0:58:150:58:20

super-talented. We have it out at

the end because there has been this

0:58:200:58:24

sort of tension. It is like backlit

out and maybe not the nicest smile

0:58:240:58:28

that the top -- battle it out. We

are all fighting for the same thing.

0:58:280:58:34

I was really glad to come out on top

today. These guys have pushed me to

0:58:340:58:37

get to this point to do these kind

of runs.

0:58:370:58:42

What a final! Congratulations to

Shaun White whose team USA's 100

0:58:470:58:53

Olympic gold medallist. Later we

will have the men's downhill and the

0:58:530:58:59

women's giant slalom. See you

tomorrow.

0:58:590:59:03

Extended highlights of the short programme in the pairs figure skating and the men's snowboard halfpipe final. Presented by Radzi Chinyanganya.